Conservatory of flowers

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Aquatic, rare & tropical plants blossom in elegantly arranged exhibits at century-old national historic landmark conservatory

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Promotional value expires May 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate by 5/23/12, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Flowers are like teenagers, blooming gracefully into adulthood so they can brighten up otherwise lifeless cubicles. Witness the budding innocence of nature with today’s Groupon to the Conservatory of Flowers. Choose between the following options:

  • For $20, you get an individual membership, including year-round free admission for one person (a $40 value).
  • For $30, you get a family membership, including year-round free admission for two adults and two children (a $60 value).<p>

Established more than a century ago inside Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers houses a vibrant array of rare, exotic, and tropical plants and flowers. Mosey through the National Historic Landmark’s aquatic plants display, where peaceful sounds of cascading water complement the sight of giant Amazonian water lilies with pads up to 6 feet in diameter, leading to their frequent use as trampolines for spider monkeys. The highland tropics area invokes the appearance of misty cloud forests on tropical mountaintops blooming with hundreds of delicate orchids and a forest of stunted trees. A century-old giant philodendron resides in the lowland tropics display alongside the conservatory’s cycads, which predate the dinosaurs and many veteran game-show hosts. The potted plants display shows off nature’s bounty inside copper urns from India and hand-incised ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and the temporary Playland at the Conservatory re-creates the historic Playland at the Beach from San Francisco’s West End with model trains, miniature famous attractions, and memorabilia from the fair.

In addition to year-round free admission, individual or family conservatory members enjoy discounts on special events, invitations to members-only events, a one-year subscription to _Better Homes and Gardens__ magazine, and a host of other benefits, making them feel as special as a lone bee in an anniversary bouquet.

Conservatory of Flowers

Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This 135-year-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.

The Conservatory houses five main galleries. In the Aquatic Plants Gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled Highland Gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy Lowland Gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The Potted Plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. An additional rotating Special Exhibits Gallery features two different educational exhibits per year.

Customer Reviews

It's a nice place to be in the winter.
Michie W. · May 23, 2012
They did an amazing job on Member's night!
Antonio H. · March 21, 2012
Thank you for offering family membership via Groupon!!
Regina A. · January 3, 2012
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